Merdeka.com – A vicar or priest candidate in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has been detained policefor allegedly molesting six underage children at the GMIT Siloam Nailang church complex, Waisika Village, Alor Timur Laut Subdistrict, Alor Regency.
Alor Police Chief AKBP Ari Satmoko explained that the perpetrator named Sepriyanto Snae (35) has been named a suspect and has been detained in the Mapolres cell since Monday (5/9).
“Until now, there are still six victims, no additional reports have been reported. The perpetrator has been named a suspect and has been detained since last night,” said Ari to reporters, Tuesday (6/9).
According to Ari Satmoko, 17 people have been examined as witnesses, including witnesses of victims and their families. The six victims were students aged 13 to 15 years.
“We did not arrest the person concerned in Kupang. The person concerned was cooperative, so we coordinated with his legal adviser, so that the person concerned would attend with awareness to the Alor Resort Police and in the end we did not attempt to force the arrest in Kupang,” he explained.
Ari explained that the suspect’s motive for committing indecent things to minors was because he could not contain his lust when he was with the victims.
The results of the post-mortem show that there has been damage to the victims’ vital organs, so it is suspected that they were not only obscene but forced to have sex. Because the incident started around May 2021, until it was reported by the parents of the victims in May 2022.
“The modus operandi of the perpetrators is that someone is told to go back, someone is told to go to the room. The term is that the victims lied, especially since the vicar is the most respected person, especially in the villages. Threatened to be recorded and then spread out, can it be like that and the crime scene is in the complex church,” said Ari Satmoko.
Sepriyanto Snae was charged with the child protection law article 81 paragraph 5, in conjunction with article 36 in conjunction with article 65 of the Criminal Code, with a maximum penalty of death penalty, life imprisonment and a minimum of 10 or 20 years in prison.